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Red Sox call up prospect Jose Iglesias for infield depth

May 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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So far at least Kevin Youkilis has avoided the disabled list despite being out of the lineup tonight for the third straight game with a back injury, but in the meantime the Red Sox have called up shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to provide some infield depth.

Youkilis is active but not available, so Boston demoted right-hander Junichi Tazawa to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Iglesias.

Nick Punto has been filling in for Youkilis at third base, so manager Bobby Valentine could decide to shift Mike Aviles to the hot corner instead and use the slick-fielding Iglesias at shortstop. Or maybe Iglesias will just hang around for a few days as bench insurance.

Valentine was full of praise for Iglesias during spring training, but the 22-year-old was hitting just .200 with a .485 OPS at Triple-A after posting similarly underwhelming numbers in Pawtucket last season. His defense is widely considered Gold Glove-caliber, but so far his bat hasn’t even been utility man-caliber.

  1. 18thstreet - May 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    We’re doomed.

    • rollinghighwayblues - May 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      What? You don’t like your “infield depth”charging softly hit ground balls in flats?

    • natstowngreg - May 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Is this just the Nation’s normal level of gloom and doom, or is it a higher level? Inquiring minds want to know.

      • 18thstreet - May 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        I think I’m holding steady at DefCon 3.

  2. bigleagues - May 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I have a major problem with this.

    If this was Bobby’s call, then he’s one of two things: losing his mind or to chickenshit of hurting Youkilis’ feelings to call up Middlebrooks.

    Jose Iglesias is a major league baseball . . . on the field. He’s truly great in that department. However, he CANNOT hit. He hasn’t even shown he can bunt adequately to the best of my knowledge.

    Meanwhile, Will Middlebrooks has clearly developed into the total package. The knock on him last season was that while he was a Major League caliber defender at 3B, he still had a hole or two in his swing that needed addressing. Now the scouts are raving about his approach at the plate, he’s arguably the best hitting prospect in all of baseball through the first month of the season . . . and IGLESIAS gets the call?

    I*N*S*A*N*E

    Man-o-man . . . like Cinderella so deftly swooned . . . “Don’t know what ya got til it’s gawwwwwwn”. You might take small issue here and there with Francona/Epstein personnel moves, but they were always defensible. This one is not.

    • waffles29 - May 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      1. Middlebrooks is dealing with a minor thumb injury. If he’s going to be coming up to play, might as well have it be when he’s healthiest.
      2. I doubt Middlebrooks will come up until September or until he is going to be anointed the third baseman. Why have one of your best prospects come up and possibly sit or have his confidence crushed because you decided to rush him?
      3. Middlebrooks is looking like a monster now. Of course it is May 1st. Maybe we should let him get to 100 ABs?
      4. Iglesias is likely only in town for a day or two until Cook is activated. Maybe if Youk goes on the DL…but not for a cup of coffee.

  3. oms0004 - May 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Dear Bosox,

    Thanks for Lowrie.

    Signed,
    A Lastros fan for life.

    • homelanddefense - May 2, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      give it a week or two, he will be on the DL

  4. drewsylvania - May 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Hell, his bat isn’t even Rey Ordonez–worthy. And why screw with him when he’s learning to hit?

  5. baseballisboring - May 2, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    I’m SURE he’s just hanging around for a few days. Defensive replacement, maybe a start or two and he’s gone. Nothing to see here.

  6. spudchukar - May 2, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Joe Church to the rescue.

  7. homelanddefense - May 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    this kid cant even hit my weight.

  8. stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I don’t know if he can play baseball or not.
    But I do know both he AND his father are very good singers.

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